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#55 of 116 Re: 2005 civic hybrid CC failure [babyjsmama]
Dec 12, 2008 (11:59 am)
From what I've seen, it's an all too common problem with the Civic Hybrid. See if HondaCare will help you out. The dealer told me that it would cost $1500 to fix. After I complained, HondaCare kicked in a $500 "credit" to bring it down to about $810 plus tax.
There are no aftermarket parts for this problem and the Honda converter costs about $900, so a non-Honda repair shop really can't bring the price down to match what HondaCare offered me. Mine was also a Honda-certified used car. Interestingly, the dealer told me that Honda's warranty, even on a new car, does not cover the catalytic converter.
The dealer should be able to tell you if the recall work was done on your car, though.
#56 of 116 Re: 2005 civic hybrid CC failure [SheltieMan]
Dec 13, 2008 (2:32 pm)
Thank you very much for your feedback. I took it to the dealer and they told me that the CC is warrantied for 8 years or 80,000 miles so that is fantastic news for me and $1000.00 that i don't need to pay. I was sure they were going to tell me that it wasn't still under warranty. so relieved! Thank you again.
#57 of 116 Re: 2005 civic hybrid CC failure [babyjsmama]
Feb 20, 2009 (2:18 pm)
I have a 2003 civic hybrid. This is the 3rd time my CC has failed in < 3 years. I am in Tysons, VA and heard some people on this thread say the dealer has fixed it or HondaCare has helped out. I talked to HondaCare without any luck so far. Can you please give pointers as to how to get this resolved with them? Also do they take care of the 100$ diagnostic fee that dealer charges? Appreciate your help. Thanks, R
Mar 03, 2009 (2:30 pm)
I have a 2003 civic hybrid. This is the 3rd time my CC has failed in < 3 years. I am in Tysons, VA and heard some people on this thread say the dealer has fixed it or HondaCare has helped out. I talked to HondaCare without any luck so far. Can you please give pointers as to how to get this resolved with them? Appreciate your help. Thanks, R
#59 of 116 Re: Civic Hydrid [toolazytoshop]
Mar 04, 2009 (6:24 am)
Take the phone numbers on the Honda website and talk to Honda company - corporate office.
They will open a case and resolve in the 2-3 days.
#61 of 116 Re: Civic Hydrid Catalytic Converter Failure
May 11, 2009 (5:07 pm)
SO I have 84,500 miles on my Civic Hybrid and I am out of warranty when the lovely P2000 code showed up last week. I refuse to pay $900+ labor for an OEM converter from honda so I found a great alternative:
I purchased a new OEM Style replacement direct fit bolt-on DAVICO brand, made in USA Catalytic Converter for 2003-2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3L Engine on ebay and it swapped it out myself.
It's a direct bolt on replacement and it took me 30 minutes to change, its 1/2 the weight of the OEM catalytic converter, and it flows twice as much compared to the factory one! It fits perfect and no more P2000 code!!! with shipping it was $202.00!!!, it really is a great product and it comes with a 2 year/ 24,000 warranty from Davico, here is the link for a DAVICO dealer near you and the link for MAC auto parts where it came from,
http://www.davicomfg.com/ I hope you all find this useful! God Bless Carlos
#62 of 116 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid code P1420 - catalytic converter
May 16, 2009 (6:05 pm)
Just found this consumer group on the Internet and I'm impressed with the wealth of information exchanged. Thanks everyone.
Now to the point. Our 2003 Civic Hybrid has a 98,600 miles and the Check Engine light came on. Drove for three days as recommended in the manual, but the light did not go off. Took car to the Honda dealer and was awarded an estimate of $1110.42 to replace the catalytica converter. Sticker shock to say the least.
After reading everyone's posts in this forum, I'm left rather confused and here's my take. The problem could be either:
* The ECM computer has lit up the Check Engine idiot light, but the light is due to a misreading or some other kind of error, and the catalytic converter is just fine.
* The catalytic converter is toast and needs to be replaced.
So, what do I do? The Honda dealer price of $1110 is exhorbitant and I don't have that kind money. Some say the after-market catalytic converters are good, other say they're junk. Others suggest the problem can be traced to faulty ECM diagnosis and the problem will therefore recur, regardless of whether the catalytica converter is replaced.
Seems I took the car into the dealer several months back to get the ECM programming problem fixed ("re-flashed"). So, I'm not sure whether a faulty ECM is the problem.
At this point, should I (a) do nothing; (b) bit the bullet, borrow the mondy, and let the Honda dealer fix the problem; (c) replace the catalytic converter myself with an after-market part; (c) call Honda regional service and whine, hoping they'll have mercy and give me an alternative, workable solution?
Thanks, your advices would be much appreciated.
#63 of 116 Re: 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid code P1420 - catalytic converter [tomjwhite]
Jun 14, 2009 (7:51 pm)
I have a 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid with close to 140k miles. I got the update and I still get the Check Engine light after a a few weeks of having the light turned off.
I've probably driven at least 80k miles with the "Check Engine" light coming on and my car has had no problems at all. 80k miles ago, the dealership said I needed to replace my 2 catalytic converters. I already had them replaced while my car was under warranty.
The manual says you should treat Check Engine light seriously because it can damage your engine. Currently, my bluebook value is about $4000, so I'm willing to bet that I won't have a serious engine issue that would light up the Check Engine and save $1000.
Even with the Check Eng light and Transmission Shuddering quirks, I love my car and I will drive it to the ground. I'm fine with these issues because I am not going to be putting any more money into this car. I will replace inexpensive parts and just keep driving. I've yet to replace my hybrid battery and I have no plans to replace that either.
FYI - I've had my transmission replaced once under warranty and it's better, but not fixed. But it's driveable so it's ok.
#64 of 116 Re: 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid code P1420 - catalytic converter [rileyyh]
Jun 15, 2009 (10:58 am)
Thanks for your note. My CheckEngine light did go out, after more than a week. It has not relit. So, I'm with you, I'm going to drive the car until circumstances say otherwise.
Given that the light went out, I wonder whether the Honda dealer really understood the implications of the diagnostics, much less the ridiculousness of handing me an $1100 estimate for a repair that doesn't seem necessary.
If my CheckEngine light were still on, I'd be looking for a second opinion from a more reliable shop.